by Janet Blue on April 1, 2020

Wordless Wednesday

April Fools!

This post is chockfull of words.

First I have some definitions to share.


| ˈkadərˌwôl | verb [no object] (often as noun caterwauling) (of a cat) make a shrill howling or wailing noise: the caterwauling of a pair of bobcats | (as adjective caterwauling) figurative: a caterwauling guitar. noun a shrill howling or wailing noise. ORIGIN late Middle English: from cat1 + imitative waul.


 | kəˈkäfənē | noun (plural cacophonies) a harsh discordant mixture of sounds: a cacophony of deafening alarm bells | figurative : a cacophony of architectural styles | songs of unrelieved cacophony. ORIGIN mid 17th century: from French cacophonie, from Greek kakophōnia, from kakophōnos ill-sounding, from kakos bad + phōnē sound.


|ˈmistē mā fənē | noun – a full-throated, deafening wail interspersed with warbling and howling: the sound a cat makes in the car when being taken to the vet. This sound is mind-numbing and worse than fingernails on a chalkboard or whatever noise makes your skin crawl. This sound is comparable to a sustained song from a deaf, out-of-tune opera singer whose tremulous voice can reach the last row of the second balcony without a microphone. ORIGIN: 21st century: from English (American).



Unfortunately, since losing her hearing,  itty-bitty Misty May makes this sound all the time.  It is particularly discordant and the most unpleasant at mealtime. If Misty May could hear herself, she would put her paws in her ears, cover those with earmuffs and a ski hat. And for good measure add some noise-canceling earphones.

With a stay-at-home order from Virginia governor, Ralph Northam, until June 30, I suspect Dad Tom and I will need to begin wearing those noise-canceling earphones.

Though this post is meant to give you a chuckle, it is not an exaggeration nor an April Fools Day joke. The April Fools refers to Misty May entering the Wordless Wednesday blog hop at Comedy Plus; though, I have bombarded you with more than 300 words. If you’d like join, click on the badge below.



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Sandee April 1, 2020 at 7:11 pm

There are times that you have to make yourself heard. Well done. Cute too.

That’s a long stay at home order. Yikes. That’s well into summer.

Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. My best to your siblings and your wonderful peeps. Hug to mom. ♥
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Ellen Pilch April 1, 2020 at 5:46 pm

Poor Misty May . Your cuteness makes up for your loud vocals. XO
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Cathy Keisha April 1, 2020 at 5:09 pm

Poor Misty May. TW and Pop both say I can wake the dead at night. They’re surprised the neighbors haven’t complained although we did get a general email from management about noise between 11pm and 7 am.
Yo! Thanks for following my A to Z!
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Mary McNeil April 1, 2020 at 5:04 pm

We are sorry for you and Dad Tom and the whole crew and especially Misty May. The older cats seem to share the frustration older humans have with the shortcomings aging brings.


The Island Cats April 1, 2020 at 3:48 pm

The mom says you should hear me when I’m put in the PTU to go to the vet. She says she’s afraid if the neighbors heard it, they’d think she was doing some pretty terrible things to me. ~Ernie
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Timmy Tomcat April 1, 2020 at 2:11 pm

Miss Fitz recently started meowing when carrying around her toys during the “twilight mousie-kill.” While that is cute we wonder if there is a way to teach her to be a bit quieter? Maybe a touch that says “we hear you”?
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Brian Frum April 1, 2020 at 1:33 pm

Poor sweetie, loss of hearing is really frustrating for her.
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Linda Arthur Tejera April 1, 2020 at 11:08 am

MistyMayphone is a new one! But I understand it completely! LOL! Stay safe and healthy!
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Catscue April 1, 2020 at 9:23 am

Sweet girl, you have a sound named just after you!
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Eastside Cats April 1, 2020 at 9:19 am

Sweetie is rather noisy too; I think she is deaf or mostly so.
Mistymayphony: singing the song of their people!
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The Florida Furkids April 1, 2020 at 8:56 am

OMC this is so funny because Allie has gotten louder since she’s lost her hearing. Noelle and Raz are always “talking” too but not as loud as Allie.

The Florida Furkids with smoochies and love to Mau from Allie and paw pats and headbonks to Sawyer from Noelle
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Teddy April 1, 2020 at 6:05 am

Oh dearie me…….Misty May can perhaps hear JUST ENOUGH that if she SCREAMS REAL LOUD (eeeek) she can hear it – maybe reassuring herself or something but in the process she makes a racket!!! Poor girl…..but at least she has your attention! 🙂

Hugs to all from a distance
Teddy and Mom
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Summer April 1, 2020 at 3:24 am

I’ve noticed older kitties tend to get louder!
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Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs April 1, 2020 at 1:51 am

We haven’t had that issue with Pipo, though he does make lots of noise in the car…
This stay at home stuff is quickly getting old, sheesh. Can you buy ear plugs at the pharmacy? I used to use ‘Macks’ When I worked nights…
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meowmeowmans April 1, 2020 at 12:27 am

MistyMayphony sounds a lot like Graciephony. She’s 19 now and doesn’t hear so well. But her meow is strong! Hope you are all doing well, and staying safe and healthy. XO
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